Stag & Dagger
Even as some of Scotland’s smaller festivals-in-a-field take a sabbatical or call it a day in the current financial climate, new city events like Hinterland and now Stag & Dagger are enjoying their debuts this year. Could the way of the future for fans be one-ticket festivals that don’t encompass the added expense of travel, accommodation and three full days’ worth of drinking and eating? Certainly the centre of Glasgow is a hotbed of musical appreciation unmatched anywhere in the UK outside of central London, where similar events like the Camden Crawl, Concrete & Glass and the original Stab & Dagger have thrived.
‘Stag & Dagger in London have decided to try taking the festival out to the rest of the country this year,’ says Neil McKie of Glasgow promoters PCL, ‘so they’re doing one day in London, one in Leeds and one and one in Glasgow. They approached us for help in promoting the event, and we’ve now become partners in the company.’ The real hope is that S&D Glasgow will go on to become an annual fixture.
With such a merging of local and national knowledge, an impressive line-up has been assembled. Over six venues (ABC, Captain’s Rest, Stereo, the Art School, Classic Grand and Nice ‘n’ Sleazy), expect to see quality established names like Cold War Kids, White Denim and Cursive alongside upcoming artists such as Paper Planes and The Mae Shi, and the very best Scotland has to offer; The Aliens, BMX Bandits, Phantom Band, St Deluxe, Dananananaykroyd and more.
Various venues, Glasgow, Sat 23 May